JSZ Spring Senior Spotlight: St. Augustine’s Kenny Levari
Coronavirus has brought the world to a screeching halt at the moment, and that includes high school sports in the Garden State. JSZ is launching a series to spotlight prominent senior athletes who are waiting and hoping to take the field again this spring. The mission is to tell their stories, and share how they’re trying to stay ready, both physically and mentally. We lead off with St. Augustine baseball standout Kenny Levari. JSZ’s Mike Frankel recently spoke with the Old Dominion University commit: JSZ Spring Senior Spotlight is brought to you in part by Cooper University Health Care.
How NJ’s Leading Scorer Balances Religion and Basketball
Ally Landau is the most prolific scorer you haven’t heard of in New Jersey. Landau stars at Golda Och Academy — a Jewish day school not typically known for athletics — yet has shined over a four year career. Landau’s resume is as impressive you’ll find. 2,000 point scorer? Check. Average nearly a triple-double in her senior season? You bet. But the one thing missing? A championship trophy. Yet in the grand scheme of things, that happens to be just fine. Landau and her fellow Roadrunners have balanced playing the game they love with the religion that guides their lives. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the story from West Orange:
Watch Friday 1.24 JSZ Basketball Highlights
Jersey Sports Zone once again spans the state to bring you three great games from the Friday night hardwood. Check out highlights of wins for Princeton, ACIT and Rumson-Fair Haven! Princeton 46 Nottingham 42 After dropping its last two games, Princeton (5-8) defeated Nottingham (10-5) 46-42. The Tigers were locked into a tight back-and-forth battle from the opening tip that eventually bled into the fourth quarter. Nottingham erased a 10-point deficit in the final minute, but Princeton hung on for the victory. Gefer Bar-Cohen and Tim Evidente both finished with 13 points on the night. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Princeton and Nottingham coverage. ACIT 57 Cedar Creek 37 The Atlantic County Institute of Technology is putting together the best season in the short history of the school. The Red Hawks handled the Pirates in front of a big crowd in Mays Landing. Nurridin Abdul-Rahmann scored a game-high 18 points in the victory. Ja’Maine Davenport added 14 points, as ACIT improved to (8-5) overall. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from this Cape-Atlantic League clash: Rumson-Fair Haven 86 Monmouth Regional 70 Jack Carroll led four Bulldogs in double figures with 24 points and 11 rebounds as RFH makes it four straight wins to reach 9-3 on the season. Six different Rumson players made three-pointers in a 30 point first quarter. Hunter Reid had 20 and Geoff Schroeder added 17 in the victory. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the Shore Conference action from Tinton Falls: Jersey Sports Zone is excited to have ACI Medical & Dental School join our team and present our Central Jersey Game Balls all year long in addition to allowing us to bring great highlights and features to Rumson-Fair Haven and Middletown North. One of the top technical schools in NJ, Advantage Career Institute Medical & Dental School in Central New Jersey offers a variety of programs in the in-demand medical and dental industries. Visit ACI.org to learn more!
JSZ Year in Review: Top Baseball Games of 2019
Jersey Sports Zone is about capturing great video highlights. As we get ready to turn the page towards the 2019-20 school year, we take one more look back at the top games captured by our cameras. Our series continues with wrestling. A game so beautiful it’s played on a diamond. When it comes to baseball New Jersey has produced top tier talent at both the Division I and Pro level. 2019 kept that theme going. Big names, big plays and big at-bats filled your social media for weeks, here are our most viewed games from this past baseball season. 10. Bergen Catholic 10 DePaul 0 In this regular season matchup between Big North Conference rivals Bergen Catholic and DePaul Catholic, University of Michigan commit Jacob Denner pitched a 9 K shutout against the Spartans. 9. Delbarton Kinnelon 3 Morris County Tournament favorites Delbarton continued their hot streak with a close one run victory over Kinnelon. 8. Pope John 5 Delbarton 4 Not many can say they stared down the barrel of a gun and lived to tell the tale, but Nate Pallotta can relate. In the bottom of the seventh Pallotta knocked in a game-winning RBI to defeat No. 1 Delbarton 5-4 in walk-off fashion. 7. Delbarton 9 Red Bank Catholic 7 Jack Leiter and the Green Wave swept through the mid-season Autism Awareness Challenge. In Delbarton’s battle with Red Bank Catholic, Leiter had 10 strikeouts while Shawn Rapp added a 3-run home run. 6. Delbarton 2 Don Bosco 0 Delbarton no strangers to high pressure games. In the Non-Public A North Final, the Green Wave captured their third straight title with a 2-0 shutout against Don Bosco. 5. Bergen Catholic 6 Delbarton 2 Bergen Catholic’s Ryan Cancellieri pitched the game of his life against top ranked Delbarton in the regular season. Thanks to his 11 strikeouts and two earned runs the Crusaders were able to top the then No. 7 team in country 6-2! 4. Delbarton 2 West Morris 1 The Morris County Tournament Final came to a thrilling conclusion as Delbarton ace Jack Leiter propelled the Green with 14 strikeouts to another MCT Title. 3. Delbarton 7 Seton Hall Prep 5 Aside from having Major League caliber talent on the squad, Delbarton’s strength is in its depth chart. In the Non-Public A Semifinal Justin Kim knocked in the game-winning RBI against Seton Hall Prep for a 7-5 win. 2. Delbarton 4 St. Augustine Prep 3 These two are no strangers to each other, the last three Non-Public A State Finals have featured both St. Augustine Prep and Delbarton. Well Vanderbilt University commit Jack Leiter and New York Yankees signee Anthony Volpe ended their final high school games with one more piece of hardware. 1. Delbarton 7 Montville 1 Before the conclusion of the Morris County Tournament, Jack Leiter pushed Delbarton to the MCT Final for their eventual third straight title with 11 strikeouts against Montville.
South Jersey Pitchers Petty and Nunan Get Set for Area Code Underclass Games
Rising juniors Chase Petty and Matt Nunan play for rival schools, but the two pitchers will become teammates in August at the Area Code Underclass Games in California. The two train together at the Baseball Performance Center, which is also sending a pair of rising seniors to the Area Code Games. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Pleasantville:
Phillies Recognize BurlCo for Winning Carpenter Cup Title
Before the Phillies squared off against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers, the Phils honored Burlington County for winning last month’s Carpenter Cup Classic. Recent Rancocas Valley graduate Bryce Mangene took home some extra hardware, as Mangene was named Carpenter Cup Most Valuable Player. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the story from Citizen’s Bank Park:
Burlco Wins Phillies Carpenter Cup Title
Burlington County 4 Lehigh Valley 2 – Carpenter Cup Final Burlington County captured the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship with a victory at Citizens Bank Park. It’s the franchise’s fourth title all-time and BurlCo’s first since 2012. Jedier Hernandez of Trenton Catholic broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI double in the bottom of the eighth inning. Shawnee’s Joey Moore, Pennsauken’s Robby Barrientos and Lenape’s Cade Hunter also drove in runs in the win. Kyle Kato of Bordentown pitched three scoreless innings, with Rancocas Valley’s Bryce Mangene once again closing things out. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
BurlCo Advances to Phillies Carpenter Cup Final
Burlington County 3 Philadelphia Catholic 2 – Carpenter Cup Semifinal Burlington County advanced to the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic championship game with a semifinal win at Citizens Bank Park. Moorestown’s Brian McMonagle and Shawnee’s Jackson Balzan each threw three shutout innings. Jake Prince of Cherokee hit an RBI double which proved to be the difference. Bryce Mangene of Rancocas Valley earned the save. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from South Philadelphia:
NJ’s Top Underclassmen Dazzle at Diamond Nation Scouting Showcase
New Jersey’s high school baseball season has been over for less than a week, but the top 100 players returning to the diamond next season got a head start on things. Diamond Nation hosted the seventh annual “Garden State Baseball Games” scouting showcase, which drew over 150 college and pro scouts to the Flemington complex for a first-hand look at the best high school players for next season. JSZ’s Jay Cook takes you into the event and highlights some of the top performers from the evening: Here are the rosters from the event, which was split up into four teams in varying regions of the state. Central Catchers Christopher Sparber, 2020, Red Bank Catholic Jedier Hernandez, 2021, Trenton Catholic Mason Wolf, 2020, Christian Brothers First Basemen Seb Mueller, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Jay Bant, 2021, Wall Infielders Shane Hickey, 2020, Jackson Liberty Chris O’Connor, 2020, Middletown South Max Rivas, 2020, Toms River South Phil Antoniotti, 2020, Toms River North Jordan Nitti, 2021, Steinert Jay Harry, 2020, Metuchen Walker Zampalla, 2021, Edison Outfielders Nick Callano, 2021, Ocean Twp. Danilo Perdomo, 2021, Hamilton West Jared Zimbardo, 2020, Middlesex Andrew Schmid, 2021, Rumson-Fair Haven Pitchers Nick Feretec, 2020, Notre Dame David Zamora, 2021, Hamilton West Ryan Sekman, 2021, St. John Vianney Tommy Delany, 2021, Princeton Braedin Hunt, 2020, Christian Brothers Ricky Erbeck, 2021, Hun Nick Beetel, 2020, Jackson Memorial Shane Panzini, 2021, Red Bank Catholic Adam Boucher, 2020, St. Joseph (Met.) Zach Gorman, 2021, Freehold Twp. Ben Simon, 2020, Hightstown Patrick Reilly, 2020, Christian Brothers Matt Potok, 2021, Jackson Memorial Ali Pompey, 2020, Trenton Catholic Coaches HC-CJ Hendricks, South Brunswick AC-Kevin Cust, Immaculata AC-Keith Naylor, Trenton Catholic PC-Mike Korneski, Spotswood Northwest Catchers Alex Stone, 2020, Newton Roddy Martinez, 2020, Union Kevin Reardon, 2020, Mendham Jimmy Brennan, 2021, Pope John First Basemen Andrew Bregman, 2020, Chatham Luke Chenault, 2020, Pope John Infielders Dren Gocaj, 2020, Union Josh Kuroda-Gauer, 2021, Franklin Aidan Watson, 2021, Morristown Tyler Casella, 2020, Hunterdon Central Matt Miceli, 2021, Somerville Matt Gluck, 2020, West Morris Zack Sylvester, 2020, Montville Pat Coyne, 2020, Morristown Beard Outfielders Aidan Kane, 2020, Delbarton Mike Bello, 2021, Pope John Chris Markovich, 2021, North Hunterdon Mark Darakjy, 2020, Delbarton Jayden Hylton, 2022, Ridge Pitchers Nick Fox, 2020, Hillsborough Andrew Holmes, 2021, Bernards Jack Findlay, 2021, Roxbury Zach Roskowsky, 2021, Jefferson Drew Conover, 2020, Voorhees Conor Maclachlan, 2020, Mt. Olive Pat Montfort, 2020, Morristown Gavin Stellpflug, 2020, Somerville Coaches HC-Ed Collins, Morristown AC-Pete Zoccolilo, MLB retired AC-Chris Banos, Somerville AC-Rob Kumbatovic, Hillsborough South Catchers Chris Mariani, 2020, Haddonfield Dan DiGiovannantonio, 2021, Cedar Creek Nathan Goranson, 2020, Millville First Basemen Ryan Achey, 2021, Williamstown Colby Garrison, 2020, West Deptford Infielders David Hagaman, 2021, Cedar Creek Bobby Falese, 2020, Shawnee Charlie Sanzio, 2020, Bishop Eustace Adam Aquilino, 2021, Highland Reg. Justin Szestowicki, 2021, Kingsway Greg Rossi, 2020, Washington Twp. Steven Petrosh, 2021, Holy Spirit Brody Colbert, 2021, Williamstown Outfielders Zach Bernard, 2020, Cherokee A.J. Tropiano, 2020, Paul VI Kaleb Willis, 2021, Kings Christian Alejandro Rosado, 2020, Pleasantville Kyle Neri, 2022, St. Augustine Pitchers Chase Petty, 2021, Mainland Anthony Solometo, 2021, Gloucester Catholic Luke Vaks, 2020, Cedar Creek Robert Ready, 2020, St. Augustine Matt Nunan, 2021, Ocean City Jayden Shertel, 2021, St. Joseph (Hamm.) Julian Costa, 2021, Clearview Ryan Rumsey, 2021, Paul VI Josh Willitts, 2020, Seneca Joe Mascio, 2021, Bishop Eustace Coaches HC-Joe Smith, Williamstown AC-Rocco Cornacchia, Williamstown AC-Sean Coyle, Atlantic County Tech AC-John Scanzano, Kings Christian Northeast Catchers Brian Skettini, 2020, Ridgewood Allan Suero, 2021, Ridgefield Park Ty Gilligan, 2021, Lakeland First Basemen Sean Hard, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Kevin Hogan, 2020, Nutley Infielders Raymond Ortiz, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Ben Chrzanowski, 2020, Millburn Jimmy Kemp, 2020, Hudson Catholic Lou Fabbo, 2020, Waldwick Ernesto Polanco, 2021, Memorial (WNY) Garrett Kurtz, 2020, Mahwah Aries Samek, 2021, Teaneck Andy Antonio, 2021, Ferris Outfielders A.J. Zaccareo, 2020, Montclair Trevor Santos, 2020, Nutley Brian Baranok, 2020, Bayonne Andrew McDermott, 2020, St. Joseph (Mont.) Pitchers Nazier Mule, 2022, Passaic Tech Jacob Gomez, 2020, Rutherford Lucas Rich, 2020, Newark Academy Pierce Coppola, 2021, Verona Justin O’Connor, 2020, Bayonne Jimmy Romano, 2021, St. Joseph (Mont.) Angelo Deer, 2020, Bergen Catholic Devin Rivera, 2020, Don Bosco Prep Zack Oswald, 2020, St. Peter’s Prep Mark Hindy, 2020 Seton Hall Prep Coaches HC-Jim Wladyka, Don Bosco Prep AC-Brian Chapman, Millburn AC-Jim LaRose, Bergen Catholic AC-Ron Gavasi, Montclair Sponsor Shoutout! 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RBC hurler Panzini commits to Virginia
Red Bank Catholic sophomore Shane Panzini had committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of one of the top underclassmen right-handed pitchers in the Garden State Red Bank Catholic sophomore pitcher Shane Panzini has got two years to go, but no one would be surprised to see his name called in the 2021 MLB Amateur Draft. Panzini was on the mound in Lakewood for a complete game one-hit masterpiece against Manalapan in the Caseys 5-0 win in the Shore Conference championship. On Sunday night, the right-hander committed to play Division I baseball in the ACC for the Virginia Cavaliers. Panzini was 7-2 with a 0.66 ERA striking out 73 batters in 59 innings. With a fastball already clocked in the low 90s, the Caseys will have one of New Jersey’s most electric arms leading their rotation over the next two years. Coach Buddy Hausman has built a program that consistently turns out future college talent and the list of MLB draftees continues to grow. More importantly, the Caseys have fun and the positive vibes of a 23-6 season should carry over to 2020 and beyond.
Vote now for JSZ’s Spring Sports Plays of the Year!
Big moments, amazing athleticism and pure power highlight Jersey Sports Zone’s spring sports plays of the year. We have over 40 nominees in three categories. Watch the best highlights captured by our cameras and cast your vote now! The 2019 spring sports season has come to a close and JSZ went through all of our games to pick the best plays captured by our camera. We’ve got nominees for the JSZ Lax goal of the year, web gem of the year (baseball and softball) plus the spring sports clutch play of the year featuring walk-off wins on the diamond, overtime lax thrillers and great arms from the outfield on the diamond. Our polls will stay open through Friday at 3:00 pm and we will honor our plays of the year winners this summer. A special thanks to all the athletes who are responsible for these fantastic clips! JSZ Lax Goal of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Spring Sports Clutch Play of the Year Take Our Poll JSZ Web Gem of the Year Take Our Poll
Olympic-Colonial Opens Phillies Carpenter Cup with a Win
Olympic-Colonial 3 Tri-Cape 2 – Opening Round Defending champion Olympic-Colonial opened the Phillies Carpenter Cup Classic with a victory over Tri-Cape in a battle between two South Jersey all-star teams. Washington Township junior Nick Hammer earned the win on the mound, throwing three scoreless innings. Cherry Hill West senior Eli Atiya pitched a scoreless ninth inning to pick up the save. Gloucester Catholic senior Lillo Paxia had a pair of RBIs for Tri-Cape in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from South Philadelphia:
Watch Saturday 6.8 JSZ State Championship Baseball Highlights
It’s state championship Saturday with four finals set for Bob DeMeo Field in Hamilton Township. JSZ closes out the baseball season with highlights and post-game reaction from all four title tilts! Emerson 8 Glassboro 5 – Group 1 State Championship Trailing 5-0 in the top of the seventh inning, the Cavos pulled off a improbable comeback to capture the state championship. Mike Carmosino tied the game with a two-run double, before Frankie Savino gave Emerson the lead with a two-out, two-run double. Pete Durocher, Joe Carmosino and Ryan Taub also added RBIs during the Cavos’ rally. Noah Putney went 3-4 with an RBI for the Bulldogs in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the thrilling highlights and reaction: Pascack Hills 2 Point Pleasant Boro 0 – Group 2 State Championship Ryan Ramsey threw a one-hitter with nine strikeouts and Mike Rodriguez produced all the offense with a two run single in the bottom of the 6th inning to give the Cowboys a second straight state championship. Ramsey gave up a single to the first batter of the game and only allowed a fourth inning walk after that. Point Boro starter Nick Guzzi matched goose eggs with Ramsey through five innings. Ramsey was selected in the 36th round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians and is committed to the University of Maryland. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights: Wall 10 West Morris 2 – Group 3 State Championship The Crimson Knights erupted for 14 hits highlighted by six runs in the first two innings and Trey Dombroski closed out his high school career with another complete game gem to give Wall its first state championship since 2004. Dombroski needed just 81 pitches on a complete game that saw both runs come unearned. The lefty heading to Monmouth had eight strikeouts and no walks. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction from the Shore Conference’s lone state champ: Ridgewood 2 Eastern 1 – Group 4 State Championship Ridgewood’s offense has been overpowering all season long, but when the bats didn’t come to life, the Maroons relied on a championship-level pitching performance to secure the first state title in school history. Quinnipiac commit Kevin Seitter threw 5.2 innings with 10 strikeouts to lead the Maroons to the best season in school history. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights and post-game reaction: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Eastern athletics is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care.
With high school career over, Volpe chases Bronx dreams
Delbarton shortstop Anthony Volpe closed out his high school career in style with a two run homer and a state championship. Now the New York Yankees first round pick is ready to fulfill a lifelong dream of wearing pinstripes and making it to the big leagues. Anthony Volpe could have went to the MLB Studios in Secaucus and soaked in the moment of being a first round MLB Draft pick, but he was more focused on Thursday’s state championship game and achieving the goal of winning a state title to close out his Delbarton career. It’s that kind of focus and character that should make New York Yankees fans excited for the future. Volpe was the #30 pick in the first round by New York and the Vanderbilt commit will begin negotiations on starting his professional baseball career. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis talked with Volpe after his final high school game where he begins to shift his focus from Delbarton Green to New York pinstripes: JSZ has all the highlights from Volpe’s dynamic senior season with Delbarton: The final hit of Volpe’s career was memorable with this two run homer to start off Delbarton’s 4-3 win over Saint Augustine in extra innings:
Watch 6.6 JSZ Baseball State Championship Highlights
DeMeo Field in Hamilton hosted the Non-Public state championships on Thursday. JSZ has two great finals starting with Delbarton and Saint Augustine Prep in the Diamond National Game of the week followed by St. Mary (Rutherford) and Gloucester Catholic vying for the Non-Public B title. Delbarton 4 Saint Augustine Prep 3 (8 innings) – Non-Public A State Championship Shawn Rapp hit a flare to shallow right field in the top of the 8th to drive in the go-ahead run and pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball in relief to give the Green Wave an extra innings win in Hamilton. New York Yankees first-round draft pick Anthony Volpe hit a two-run homer as the second batter of the game to give Delbarton a quick 2-0 lead. It was the only hit Delbarton would have in the first seven innings of the game. Saint Augustine took a 3-2 lead in the 4th thanks to a bases loaded walk by Cole Vanderslice. Hermits starter Jayson Hoops threw six innings of one-hit ball while Jack Leiter threw 6 1/3 innings striking out seven. Delbarton broke through in the 8th thanks to a Vinci double off the wall in centerfield and Rapp’s RBI single. This is the third straight year that Delbarton and Saint Augustine squared off for a state title. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an outstanding title game: Thanks to Diamond Nation for parterning with Jersey Sports Zone to allow us to show extended highlights of top high school baseball matchups all year long. St. Mary (Rutherford) 4 Gloucester Catholic 3 – Non-Public B State Championship Rider commit Kenny Quijano struck out 12 in a complete game effort to lead the Gaels past the two-time defending champion Rams. St. Mary scored all four of its runs in the second inning, including a RBI single from Mehki Hinds. Rider commit Luke Lesch homered for Gloucester Catholic in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights and reaction from St. Mary’s first state title since 1998: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance.
2019 MLB Draft Watch: Which NJ High School Players Were Drafted?
The first week of June was a big one for a handful of high school players in the Garden State. Stay tuned with JSZ over the next day as we break down all of New Jersey’s selections in the 2019 MLB Draft. Anthony Volpe, Delbarton, SS — New York Yankees (Round 1 | 30th overall) Volpe’s selection by his hometown team made waves across the tri-state area on Monday night. The Delbarton star shortstop was selected in the first round the Bronx Bombers after hitting .500 with seven home runs and 33 RBI with one more game to go. His signing bonus would be $2.37 million, according to MLB.com Round 1 | Pick 30: The New York Yankees select SS Anthony Volpe out of Delbarton School (NJ). #MLBDraft pic.twitter.com/cF2mdD9m0X— NYYPlayerDev (@NYYPlayerDev) June 4, 2019 Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe: Jack Leiter, Delbarton, RHP — New York Yankees (Round 20 | 615th overall) There’s simply no argument about it — Jack Leiter was one of the most prized arms available in the 2019 MLB Draft. So far, Leiter’s posted an 8-1 record with a 0.54 ERA across 52.1 innings pitched. He collected 88 strikeouts, 19 walks and surrendered only 23 hits and allowed only four earned runs. It just so happens that instead of heading right to the pro’s, Leiter seems dead-set on honoring his full-ride college commitment to Vanderbilt University, according to MLB Network insider Jon Heyman and various other media reports: RHP Jack Leiter, from The Delbarton School in NJ, hasn’t been picked in draft because his father Al informed teams he was going to honor his Vanderbilt commitment. Said one scout: “Kid’s a stud … would have gone top 10 picks easy.”— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) June 4, 2019 Jack Leiter, is, of course, the son of two-time MLB all-star Al Leiter. Al Leiter stepped away from the broadcast booth at the YES Network to experience his son’s final high school season. Al was a constant figure behind home plate all season long charting pitches. JSZ covered Jack Leiter’s high-profile senior season extensively. Here’s a breakdown for each of the outings JSZ was on hand for during the 2019 year. April 13, 2019 — 5 IP, 10 K’s, 2 ER vs. Red Bank Catholic: Leiter’s second game of the 2019 season was a scout-filled bonanza in North Brunswick for the annual Strike Out Autism challenge. He fanned 20 batters and wowed those in attendance as Delbarton captured a 9-7 win. April 30, 2019 — 2 IP, 5 K’s vs. Pope John: Delbarton traveled out to Sparta for an inter-conference showdown against Pope John to close out the first month of the season. Leiter got the start but threw only 35 pitches in a brief outing. Delbarton eventually lost on a walk-off hit in the bottom of the seventh inning. May 4, 2019 — 6 IP, 11 K’s, 1 ER vs. Montville : As tournament and post-season play increased, Leiter became a mainstay on the mound. This outing came on his home field in the Morris County Tournament semifinals. The 11 strikeouts against Montville would be his third-highest single game total during the 2019 season. May 11, 2019 — 7 IP, 14 K’s, 1 ER, 1 Hit vs. West Morris: This was, far and away, Leiter’s best outing all season long. He was perfect through 6.2 innings before surrendering a questionable fourth ball on a 3-1 count. Leiter would then allow an RBI double right after, but righted the ship and led Delbarton to its sixth Morris County Tournament championship in school history. May 24, 2019 — 5 IP, 7 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Oratory Prep: Leiter got the call again early in the state sectional playoff tournament and pitched five innings of stress-free baseball, helping the Green Wave advance into the next round. May 31, 2019 — 6.2 IP, 8 K’s, 3 Hits vs. Don Bosco Prep: With the season on the line, Jack Leiter was nearly flawless as he led the charge to the Green Wave’s 2-0 win over Don Bosco Prep to capture the Non-Public A North sectional title. Leiter hit his in-game pitch limit of 113 with one out to go in the seventh inning but did more than enough work to help seal the win. Breyln Jones, Rutherford SS — Los Angeles Dodgers (Round 29 | 881st overall) Breyln Jones was a dynamic playmaker for the Rutherford Bulldogs over the 2019 season. He was the team’s leadoff hitter and also split time between shortstop and as a starting pitcher. Jones finished the 2019 campaign with a .403 batting average, 27 hits, 29 runs, eight RBI and 19 stolen bases. On the mound, he commanded a 5-1 record with a 0.25 ERA through 28.1 innings with 48 strikeouts, 14 walks but surrendered only eight hits and one earned run. Vincent Bianchi, Red Bank Catholic RHP — Los Angeles Angels (Round 34 | 1,051 overall) Vin Bianchi had just won the Shore Conference Tournament title with his friends in what would be his last high school game. Then it got even better — Bianchi immediately found out he was selected by the Los Angeles Angels. Bianchi was one of the Shore Conference’s top arms all season long as he led the Caseys in innings pitched (38.2), strikeouts (41) and wins (five) in his senior season. Bianchi is committed to Saint John’s University and is leaning towards college baseball. Cade Hunter, Lenape C — Colorado Rockies (Round 35 | 1,059 overall) The Virginia Tech commit was the first South Jersey player to come off the board this year. Hunter led the Indians to a 12-9 record this season and an appearance in the Group 4 South playoffs. He hit eight home runs and finished with a .463 batting average. Ryan Ramsey, Pascack Hills LHP — Cleveland Indians (Round 36 | 1,090 overall) It would be hard to argue the point that Ryan Ramsey has been the best public school pitcher over the last two seasons in New Jersey high school baseball. In a pair of varsity seasons, Ramsey has a 16-3 record, a 0.53 ERA over 119 innings, 221 strikeouts to only 29 walks while allowing only nine runs. Staggering numbers indeed. Ramsey is committed to the University of Maryland so it’s yet to be seen what his decision will be, but he’ll most likely be on the mound one last time Saturday as Pascack Hills plays for a Group 2 state championship Jayson Hoopes, St. Augustine Prep RHP — Chicago Cubs (Round 36 | 1,092 overall) Jayson Hoopes has been as solid as they come for New Jersey pitchers. The University of Virginia commit pitched to a 6-0 record so far in 2019 with a 0.70 ERA through 32 innings. He recorded 58 strikeouts and surrendered only 19 walks on the season while helping St. Augustine Prep reach a 24-4 record. Hoopes is expected to be on the mound on Thursday night when the Hermits face Delbarton in the Non-Public A final.
Delbarton’s Anthony Volpe Selected 30th Overall by New York Yankees
He’s a fiery leader, has an electric bat and is a menace with the glove. And now, Delbarton star shortstop Anthony Volpe has a new home — the New York Yankees. Volpe was selected No. 30 overall by the New York Yankees in Monday’s first round of the 2019 MLB Draft, putting a cherry on top of a stellar high school career. With the 30th pick of the 2019 #MLBDraft, the @Yankees select @DelbyBaseball SS Anthony Volpe: https://t.co/OHooNe2EPu pic.twitter.com/CDuTN8y0Yz— MLB Draft (@MLBDraft) June 4, 2019 Volpe still has one more high school game left — the Non-Public A state championship — but the Yankees saw more than enough throughout his senior season. There’s no doubt about it: Volpe is New Jersey’s top position player. He’s batting an even .500 with 39 hits, seven home runs, 33 RBI, and 36 runs scored. Watch JSZ’s highlight reel of Anthony Volpe’s senior season: But what stands out most in his game are the intangibles. Volpe has a vibrant, giddy personality who’s proven to be an undeniable leader. “I think he’s the best shortstop in the country,” teammate Jack Leiter told JSZ earlier this season. “Offensively he’s the hardest out; I know that from pitching against him over the summer.” Volpe signed a national letter of intent to play baseball at Vanderbilt University, but it remains to be seen what his decision will be. According to MLB.com, his signing bonus with the Yankees would be $2.37 million. His pedigree as a pure baseball player has been evident for years. Volpe is the first player to ever play on the Under-12 Team USA roster to be drafted in the MLB Draft’s first round. He also won a gold medal with Team USA’s Under-18 squad this past summer, alongside Leiter. The following is just a small sample of the excitement from New Jersey’s baseball community following Volpe’s draft selection: So proud of you AV! You have worked so hard your entire life for this moment, and now it has come to fruition! @Volpe_Anthony https://t.co/xomMdgWRG9— Delbarton Baseball (@DelbyBaseball) June 4, 2019 Seeing our former Diamond Jack and @DelbyBaseball shortstop Anthony Volpe drafted No. 30 overall by the hometown Yankees is insane. Congrats, Anthony. You are Exhibit-A of how hard work pays dividends.— Diamond Nation (@DiamondNationNJ) June 4, 2019 Sectional champion Friday, high school graduate Sunday, New York @Yankees on Monday! Congrats to Anthony Volpe @Volpe_Anthony on being selected with the 30th pick in the #MLBDraft by the New York Yankees. All of the .@Delbarton community is so proud of your accomplishment! pic.twitter.com/hT1PUM1hUa— Delbarton Sports (@DelbartonSports) June 4, 2019 🎶 NEW YORK, NEW YORK 🎶 Anthony Volpe is heading to the big 🍎 after being selected No. 30 overall by the @Yankees 👏 Congrats, @Volpe_Anthony #PinstripePride pic.twitter.com/qn1oQR1r3b— USA Baseball 18U (@USABaseball18U) June 4, 2019 Stay tuned with JSZ over the coming days as we update you on Volpe’s future, as well as additional New Jersey players selected in the 2019 MLB Draft.
Watch Monday 6.3 JSZ State Semifinal Baseball Highlights
Saturday’s public state finals are now set! Jersey Sports Zone has semifinal action from all around the state. Four games of exciting state baseball action are posted now on JSZ! Eastern 1 Manalapan 0 – Group 4 State Semifinal Alec Funari executed a suicide squeeze in the fourth inning for the game’s lone run and Cole Boyan pitched a complete game five-hitter with five strikeouts to give Eastern a spot in the Group 4 state championship against Ridgewood. It was a controversial seventh inning as Manalapan appeared to tie the game on a Lou Marzo pinch hit squeeze bunt, but the home plate umpire called him out for making contact outside the batter’s box. Manalapan would line to third on the next play to end their season. Watch JSZ’s highlights and you can make the call on the controversial ending at Monmouth University: Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of Eastern is brought to you by Cooper University Health Care. Ridgewood 6 Westfield 1 – Group 4 State Semifinal Ridgewood had revenge on their minds in this year’s state semifinal — the Maroons fell to Westfield in last year’s semifinal game. It was all different this time around as Ridgewood jumped on Westfield early and often and rode the arm of Sam Favieri to the win. JSZ’s Jay Cook has all the highlights from Kean University: Sponsor Shoutout! Congratulations to Westfield for a great season. JSZ’s coverage of the Blue Devils this entire year was brought to you by Assemblyman Jon Bramnick. Wall 4 Cherry Hill West 3 – Group 3 State Semifinal No. 7 in the NJ Top 20 Wall advanced to the Group 3 state final with a 4-3 win over No. 17 Cherry Hill West. The Knights went ahead 4-0 early off a three-run home run from John Iradi in the bottom of the second. However, the Lions capitalized on errors in the third and sixth innings to cut the lead to just 4-3. Monmouth University commit Trey Dombroski finished a complete game by striking out two batters and forcing a pop fly to seal the victory for Wall. Dombroski finished with 7 Ks total on the day. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Point Pleasant Boro 8 West Deptford 4 – Group 2 State Semifinal Sam Collins went 5-5 with an RBI triple to lead the way for the Panthers at the plate. Nicholas Guzzi also sparked the Point Boro offense with a pair of hits and three RBIs. Jack Murphy had a double and three RBIs for the Eagles in the loss. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as the Panthers advance to face Pascack Hills in the Group 2 state final:
Watch Friday 5.31 JSZ Baseball Championship Highlights
Sectional champions were crowned on diamonds all over the state on Friday. Jersey Sports Zone has coverage of the Non-Public A North final between Don Bosco and Delbarton, as well as coverage of the Non-Public B South final between Trenton Catholic and Gloucester Catholic. (2) Delbarton 2 (8) Don Bosco Prep 0 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Non-Public A North Final Delbarton may have had to wait until the bottom of the sixth inning, but the patience was well worth it after Aidan Kane hammered a bases-clearing, two-run triple to give the Green Wave a late lead. Vanderbilt commit Jack Leiter went 6 2/3 innings and struck out eight along the way as Delbarton won its third-straight sectional title. Delbarton will face St. Augustine Prep in the Non-Public A state final next week. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Morristown: Sponsor Shoutout! JSZ was able to be on hand and provide extended highlights and coverage thanks to the great folks at Diamond Nation. (3) Trenton Catholic 0 (1) Gloucester Catholic 11 – Non-Public B South Final The Rams captured their third straight sectional title with a dominating performance over the Iron Mikes in five innings. North Carolina commit Anthony Solometo struck out 11 and allowed just three hits. Tyler Cannon, Luke Lesch, Iverson Hernandez, Lillo Paxia and Justin Costanzo all drove in two runs apiece in the victory. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights, as No. 19 Gloucester Catholic advances to face St. Mary (Rutherford) in the Non-Public B state final: Coverage of Gloucester Catholic is brought to you by NJM Insurance. Coverage of Trenton Catholic is sponsored by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Thursday 5.30 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The section finals are now set after a Thursday that saw teams beat the wet weather to punch their ticket. JSZ brings you the conclusion of Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic in the Non-Public “A” North semis and a Point Boro upset over top seed Governor Livingston in Central Jersey Group 2 (5) Point Pleasant Boro 6 (1) Governor Livingston 1 – Central Jersey Group 2 Semifinal Nick Guzzi was sensational on the hill throwing a complete game one-hitter with nine strikeouts and just two walks to give Point Pleasant Boro a spot in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship. Guzzi gave up a long homer to Georgia Tech commit Drew Compton in the first, but that was the only hit of the game for the Highlanders. Point Boro took advantage of an error to score three runs in the top of the 2nd and Guzzi helped himself out with an RBI single in the 4th. The Panthers will host Robbinsville in the Central Jersey Group 2 championship on Friday. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Berkeley Heights (8) Don Bosco 2 Bergen Catholic 1 – North Non-Public A Semifinal It’s never a dull moment when Big North Conference rivals Don Bosco and Bergen Catholic face off, Thursday’s North Non-Public A Tournament Semifinal was no exception. The game originally played on 5/29 was postponed after the fourth inning due to rain and was continued Thursday evening. The No. 12 Ironmen began with a two run lead before BC got on the board off a Juan De La Cruz RBI in the bottom of the sixth to make it 2-1. However, Villanova commit Devin Rivera was able to get the job done on the mound in the seventh to set up a date with No. 1 Delbarton in the title game. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights:
Watch Tuesday 5.28 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
Summer is right around the corner and that means postseason baseball in the Garden State! Jersey Sports Zone is pleased to bring you exciting statewide playoff action from the sectional semifinals. The highlights are posted from St. Augustine vs. Notre Dame (Non-Public A South), Wall vs. Hamilton West (Central Group 3) and Bordentown vs. Robbinsville (Central Group 2)! (1) St. Augustine 9 (5) Notre Dame 5 – Non-Public A South Semifinal The No. 7 Hermits raced out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning and held off the No. 3 Irish over the later innings. Rob Ready and Kyle Neri each finshed with two RBIs for St. Augustine. Kevin Foreman and Cole Vanderslice also drove in runs. The Hermits advance to their fourth straight sectional final, and will host either Christian Brothers Academy or St. Joseph (Metuchen) for the Non-Public A South title on Friday. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the highlights from Richland: Coverage of Notre Dame is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (4) Wall 4 (1) Hamilton West 1 – Central Group 3 Semifinal Trey Dombroski pitched a complete game 5-hitter striking out 11 and walking none to become Wall’s all-time leader in wins with 23. More importantly, the Crimson Knights are in the Central Jersey Group 3 final. The win is Wall’s 15th straight and for head coach Todd Schmitt it was career win #400. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights and post-game reaction: JSZ’s coverage of Hamilton West is brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates (6) Robbinsville 2 (7) Bordentown 1 – Central Group 2 Semifinal It’s been a year to remember so far for Robbinsville. They’ve reached 18 wins for the first time since 2015 and are hot after reeling off three consecutive playoff wins against Spotswood, Manasquan and now Bordentown. Starter Tyler Lehmann went six innings and allowed one run, and Dan Frascella came in for the seventh to pitch a scoreless inning and secure the win. The Flock will play the winner of Wednesday’s game between Point Boro and Governor Livingston in the Central Group 2 title game. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Robbinsville: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s continued coverage of all Robbinsville athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates.
Watch Friday 5.24 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
What a day from the baseball diamond! We’ve got everything from walk-offs, to dominating performances, to nail-biting finishes. Stay tuned throughout the night for JSZ’s coverage of the baseball state playoffs. (2) Jackson Liberty 5 (10) Allentown 4 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinals They may have been 24 hours apart, but David Melfi belted two Uber-meaningful playoff home runs for Jackson Liberty. Melfi was first to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning with the Lions and Redbirds knotted at 4-4 and hammered a moonshot walk-off home run to secure the win. This game began Thursday, was suspended after a torrential downpour, and picked back up again in the bottom of the second inning Friday afternoon. Jackson Liberty will play 11-seed Northern Burlington on May 28. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the highlights from Jackson: Sponsor Shoutout! Jersey Sports Zone’s coverage of all Allentown athletics is proudly brought to you by Princeton Orthopaedic Associates. (2) Delbarton 9 (7) Oratory 1 – North Non-Public A Quarterfinals Anthony Volpe blasted a grand slam to right field to highlight a six-run second inning and Kyle Vinco went 3-3 with a single, double, triple and two RBI’s to give the Green Wave a spot in the Non-Public “A” North Semifinals and a matchup with Seton Hall Prep. Jack Leiter pitched five innings giving up one unearned run, scattering three hits and striking out seven with no walks. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Morristown: (6) Old Bridge 2 (3) Middletown South 1 – Central Group 4 Quarterfinals The Knights scored two runs in the top of the first inning on Thursday and advanced to the CJ Group 4 semifinals without scoring a run on Friday. The game resumed in the top of the 3rd inning following the rainout a day earlier. Sophomore Jason Gilman pitched five strong innings giving up just one run and Matt Baker came on in relief to pitch two shutout innings to get the save. There were a lot of tense moments throughout this great state playoff game. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from Middletown: Monmouth Building Center was the reason we brought you exciting Middletown South coverage all year long
Watch Thursday 5.23 JSZ Playoff Baseball Highlights
The rain was furious and aplenty, but it didn’t stop JSZ’s cameras from catching some great baseball action before the weekend starts. Stay tuned throughout the night for plenty of great baseball highlights from around the state! (1) Hunterdon Central 7 (9) Freehold Township 4 – Diamond Nation Game of the Week – Central Group 4 Quarterfinals Hunterdon Central’s run back to both of the Central Group 4 and overall Group 4 championships is still alive in well this season. After Freehold Township took a 4-3 advantage in the third inning, Lafayette commit Pete Ciuffreda came through with a mammoth home run to take back the lead in the fourth. JSZ’s Jay Cook has the extended highlights and post-game reaction from Flemington: Sponsor Shoutout! Many thanks to the folks at Diamond Nation for sponsoring our Game of the Week. They’re the reason why we’re able to provide extended highlights of the best game of every week! (1) Hamilton West 3 (8) Hopewell Valley 2 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal No. 20 Hamilton West advanced to the Central Group 3 semifinals with a close 3-2 victory over eighth seed Hopewell Valley. The game was tied 1-1 following a bases loaded walk in the third, a rain delay would stall the game, then Jack Haynes in the fourth inning drove in a run on an RBI single to help the Bulldogs go up 2-1. As the game began to wind down in the sixth, Hamilton West looked to Danilo Perdomo for salvation with two outs and a pair of base runners in scoring position. Perdomo didn’t disappoint as his two RBI double would be the deciding factor of the matchup. The top seeded Hornets will face No. 6 Wall in the semifinals. JSZ’s Nery Rodriguez has the highlights: Thank you to Princeton Orthopaedic Associates for sponsoring both our Hamilton West and Hopewell Valley coverage! (16) Egg Harbor Twp. 8 (8) Vineland 1 – South Group 4 Quarterfinal The remarkable run continues for the 16th-seeded Eagles as now they’re through to the sectional semifinal round. Old Dominion commit Robbie Petracci led the way at the plate for EHT with three RBIs. Ethan Dodd went 3-4 with an RBI, and Dodd threw three scoreless innings in relief. George Washington commit Erv Bogan drove in the Fighting Clan’s only run of the game. JSZ’s Mike Frankel has the complete highlights and reaction: (4) Wall 3 (5) Colts Neck 1 – Central Group 3 Quarterfinal The Crimson Knights broke a 1-1 tie with a pair of bases loaded walks and Trey Dombroski came on in relief to throw three shutout innings to pick up the win as Wall earns a spot in the semis against top seed Hamilton West. Dombroski set the Wall single season strikeout record (97) and picked up his 200th career K in the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights of an All-Shore battle in the state playoffs:
Manalapan rallies in 7th to oust CBA and reach Shore Conference semis
It was a wild Wednesday in the Shore Conference Baseball Tournament quarterfinals. JSZ has highlights from Manalapan’s come from behind 3-2 win over CBA giving the Braves a spot in the SCT Semis. Manalapan 3 CBA 2 – Shore Conference Tournament Quarterfinals The Braves rallied for two runs in the seventh inning and Hunter Serrano came on in relief to get out of a bases loaded, no out jam to give his team their 20th win of the season and a spot in the Shore Conference Tournament semifinals. Trailing 2-1 in the 7th, Nick DiPeitrantonio’s base hit to right scored pinch-runner Anthony Matrone to tie the game at two. Kyle Sciallo executed a perfect safety squeeze to give the Braves the go-ahead run. In the bottom of the frame, Serrano got a strikeout, a ground out to third base that had Tom Giudice fire home to get the out followed by one more strikeout to seal the win. JSZ’s Rich Chrampanis has the highlights from an exciting ballgame in Lincroft: Shore Conference Baseball Tournament Semifinals – Wednesday May 29 in Red Bank (9) Manasquan vs. (4) Red Bank Catholic (7) Wall vs. (6) Manalapan